Andhra pradesh tribal school : An embodiment of ethnic diversity of tribes
The government tribal primary school at Vakuluru habitation in Maredumilli mandal on the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border is an personification of the ethnic diversity of tribes of Andhra Pradesh. It brings together four tribes - Konda Reddy, Konda Dora, Kondh and Valmiki - these people together spend a large part of their academic life here.
The total number of students strength is 24 and half of them are girls. Three students have enrolled themselves this month in the first class.
“I belong to the Valmiki tribe, one student belongs to Kondh, another to Konda Dora and 22 students belong to the Konda Reddy tribe, the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) in Andhra Pradesh,” Boraga Yehoshua, said the headmaster. He has completed four years of his service here.
Mr. Boraga, who joined the service in 1987 says that “Everyone here together form the fabric of the diversity of tribes in the Andhra-Odisha tribal region, which he have never seen in any place that he worked before. However The medium of teaching here is Telugu.
I have come here for teaching while Konda Dora and Kondh families have been living here since decades. “School is a ‘temple of learning’ with zero Out of School Children (OSC), a rare feat in the agency,” says Mr. Boraga, a native of East Godavari agency.
“We have now realised the role of education in our lives. Now a days every family sends their children to school. Until recently, parents used to send their children for cattle-rearing, agricultural work or to the forest to get Agriculture produce. Now, schooling is almost mandatory for girls in our village,” says degree final year student Marigela Sridevi and Maddita Aiswarya, a class 10th student. This Girl duo has completed their primary education here.
The School Managing Committee meeting is largely attended by women's of the village who discuss the issues of the school as well as the village, which has 54 families comprising of 174 people. It has three Gondh families too.
“Children's do follow hygiene practices and dress up well.Mr. Boraga remarks that "Women's of the village deserve the credit for such changes,” who starts school an hour in advance as the bus to the area reaches early in the morning.